in News Departments > Products & Technologies
print the content item

Vestas has unveiled its new Vestas De-icing System (VDS), which the company says can help boost the business case for operating wind farms in cold climates.

"The VDS is an active de-icing solution consisting of an ice detection system and a hot air flow unit within the blades," explains Chief Technology Officer Anders Vedel. "The hot air flow targets the blade's most critical parts to efficiently melt ice build-up, with no negative impact on the noise level or overall performance of the turbine."

According to Vestas, VDS can be triggered automatically or manually, and the system does not require electrical components to be installed in the blade’s leading edge. The company says it tested a concept de-icing solution in Canada for the past winter season. The first prototype for the VDS has been installed at a site in Sweden and will be tested throughout the winter.

Vestas notes it has already received an order for the first four VDS units, to be installed on a V112-3.3 MW project in Austria in 2014. The system is also available for the V117-3.3MW, subject to demand.


Mortenson Construction_id2024

Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Yahoo Inks Contract To Buy Kansas Wind Power

The Internet company plans to log in to the Alexander wind project, which is being built by community developer OwnEnergy.


Could Initial Offshore Wind Projects Crash New England's REC Market?

Some are concerned that the first offshore wind projects could negatively impact pricing of renewable energy credits (RECs) in New England.


Catching Up With The DOE's Down-Select Offshore Winners

The three recipients of key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding provide updates on their offshore wind demonstration projects.


Texas Comptroller Attacks Wind Power, And Industry Fights Back

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recently released a report calling for an end to wind power subsidies. The Wind Coalition has responded, saying the report is riddled with misinformation.


How To Mitigate Blade Issues And Costly Downtime

Routinely inspecting your turbine's blades can help identify problems early on, ultimately cutting down unscheduled maintenance costs.

Renewable NRG_id1934
Canwea_id1984